SHAH ALAM: If you have been reading Malaysian Defence for a while now, you would have read that the Army had taken delivery a large number of assault boats and trailers within the last one year or so.
The procurement of the boats was mandated by the government to allow the Army and the armed forces to undertake flood relief operations when and where needed apart from their military roles, of course.
From a post in June:
The other deliveries include 79 boat trailers, 33 assault boats and fourty-units of outboard motors. Checks on Eperolehan, showed that MRI Technologies Sdn Bhd was awarded a RM7.2 million contract to supply 98 assault boats from a tender published in April 2021. There were two separate tenders for boat trailers published in February and April, 2022. The tender for the 44 boat trailers (February) was awarded to Arena Mission Sdn Bhd for RM837,540 while the April one for 100 boat trailers was awarded to PureAmps Exclusive Sdn Bhd for RM3.4 million
It is likely the assault boats and trailers delivered were ones used by the Army in the current flood relief operations in Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang. With the trailers, the soldiers can now drive directly to the affected locations with the boats, ready for the deployment.
In the past, soldiers had to manhandle the assault boats and their outboard motors into the three-tonne lorries at their respective camps and once arrived at their designated locations had to carry them again into the water.
The same procedures have to be repeated once the relief operations are concluded. Apart from the assault boats and trailers, soldiers are also now issued life vests and rubber shoes for flood operations.
From pictures posted on the Defence Ministry and the military social media, soldiers are not issued rain jackets unlike the police and wet gear to operate in flood areas. It is unclear whether the rubber dinghies and seven tonne trucks meant for flood relief operations announced in March this year has been procured.
— Malaysian Defence
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